Google bans Android apps that show ads on your lockscreen, there's a catch however

Begone, lockscreen ads! - Google, late 2017

Begone, lockscreen ads! - Google, late 2017


In a rather user-friendly move today, Google has changed its Play Store policies and no longer allows apps that place obtrusive ads on your handset's lock screen. The new change affects all apps whose purpose is any other from being lockscreens themselves and is detailed in the the developers' monetization support page. It reads as follows:


This means that if an app is designed to be a lockscreen replacement, it's technically still allowed to show you ads; however, music players, third-party galleries, and casual games won't be allowed to do that. 

Now what remains to be seen is Google actually becoming the bad cop and following through on its new guidelines by pulling out apps that are not compliant with them.

source: Google

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5 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1480; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Makes sense.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2311; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While this may be a move that may get applause from Android users, I would be more cautious about the intent behind this move. Remember: one of Googles primary sources of income is advertising. They weren’t getting any money from some third party showing ads on Android devices. This also doesn’t mean that someone can’t take the underlying Android OS and make it so that it has ads on the lock screen, similar to what Amazon does.

3. TheDorkLord

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

We've already seen Amazon work with Blu to implement ads on their android phones to sell at a reduced cost. It wouldn't be surprising to see Google doing something similar to their own nexus/pixel line.

4. luis.aag90

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I'm all over against Amazon branded devices as I consider the lockscreen ads disgusting. I know they look to get some extra money, hence the ads by subsidizing such devices. However, there's still choice to get the same device without lockscreen ads. It's definitely worth the extra money, at least for me.

5. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 179; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

root it and change the software

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